Bentley Bentayga extended Wheelbase makes a debut in India
Exclusive Motors, the official partner for Bentley in India, has announced the launch of the all-new Bentley Bentayga extended wheelbase for the Indian market. Bentley is bringing a new focus on Wellness to its model range with this grand new touring SUV that builds on the strengths of Bentayga to become a new luxury flagship, extending the latest product range to five models.
The Bentayga extended wheelbase is the product of a nine-figure investment by Bentley to build a new model that provides the best rear cabin experience since a Mulsanne, whilst retaining the Bentley hallmarks of effortless performance, exquisite hand craftsmanship and endless personalization. The Bentayga Extended wheelbase is now available to order in India for an approximate price of INR 6 cr (ex-showroom - Delhi), subject to exchange rate fluctuations, customization and government taxes.
Commenting on the launch, Satya Bagla, Managing Director, Exclusive Motors said: “The new Bentayga Extended Wheelbase is the next chapter in the Bentayga story. This new SUV has a rear-cabin experience comparable to the legendary Mulsanne. Every Bentley gets you to your destination feeling more relaxed than when you started your journey, and yet with the extended wheelbase we have been able to go further thanks to the adoption of the
world's first Wellness technology embedded within our unrivaled interior cabin design.”
“These advancements, along with the outstanding skills of Bentley’s craftspeople, make the Bentayga extended wheelbase the ultimate luxury SUV to drive or be driven in.” added Mr. Bagla
Introduction to the Bentayga EWB
The Bentayga extended wheelbase builds on the latest second-generation Bentayga, extending the wheelbase and rear cabin space by an extra 180 mm. With body-in-white changes to the underfloor, side panels, door and roof, Bentley’s design team have ensured the lines’ proportions continue to exude style and presence. This increases the results in the wheelbase of the car stretching from 2995 mm to 3175 mm with an overall length of 5322 mm. The increased length is all in the rear door, creating an exceptionally luxurious rear cabin area. With a larger cabin space than any other luxury competitor, and emphasis on Wellness, and the introduction of the world's first auto climate and advanced postural adjustment rear seat, extraordinary journeys are guaranteed.
The new Bentley airline seat specification is the most advanced seat ever fitted to a car, with 22 ways of adjusting
the world's- firsts in a new auto climate sensing system and postural adjusting technology.
In relaxed mode, the seat can recline to 40 degrees while the passenger seat is motored forwards and a beautifully- leathered, trimmed footrests deploys from the back of the front passenger seat. In miss mode, the seat moves into its most upright position to make working on the move more comfortable.
The auto climate seat technology senses occupant temperature and surface humidity and then determines whether to apply heat, ventilation or both simultaneously to keep the occupant at optimum thermal well-being. Meanwhile, the postural adjustment system automatically makes micro-adjustments to the occupants’ seating position and pressure points by measuring pressure across the seat surface. The system can apply 177 individual pressure changes across six fully independent pressure zones over a 3-hour period improving comfort and minimizing fatigue throughout a journey.
The Bentayga EWB incorporates a more advanced stitching design created using digital craftsmanship. Diamonds can be seen elongating symmetrically from the centre of the setbacks shoulder panels and along the length of the door, reflecting the extension of the car itself.
The new interior style of the rear door also includes a unique design showcasing the optional ‘metal overlay in veneer’. using a thin metal strip just 0.07 mm thick, an intricate design is bonded by hand on the surface of the veneer before the part is lacquered and polished.
New features like Bentley diamond illumination (where light is emitted through small perforations in the soft field door trim) demonstrate how technology combines with contemporary craftsmanship to deliver incredibly modern design in luxurious materials. With 24 billion trim combinations alone and (a total number of possible specifications running into the trillions) the cabin of the Bentayga extended field base he's capable of offering the most individual Bentayga ever.
The introduction of electronic all-wheel steering, a first for the Bentayga, ensures that there is no shortfall of dynamic ability despite the longer wheelbase. In fact, the turning circle is 7% less than a standard Bentayga, adjust 11.8 meters. This also guarantees no compromise between high- speed confidence and low speed convenience.
Bentley dynamic ride, the 48V active anti- roll control system introduced originally by Bentayga as a world first, is included as standard and provides the optimum balance between ultimate ride comfort, handling and body control.
Comfort and Wellness in Detail
The Bentayga EWB offers the ultimate in real passenger indulgence, with the most advanced seat ever fitted to a car, three different seat configurations, new dual air ionizers and increased cabin space.
That's a standard, a 4 + 1 seating configuration is offered with two outer rear seats providing outstanding comfort, 16 ways of adjustment, heating, ventilation and five individual massage programs. There is an occasional middle seat commentating a third adult and giving access to a ski hatch in the back board.
A new feature with a larger cabin is the Bentley airline seat specification to enable maximum relaxation in the back the seat backrests reclined to 40 degrees providing an ideal and comfortable position to sleep in.
The level of seat recline can be controlled through a touch screen remote Bentley’s dedicated handheld touch screen device for controlling vehicle functions from the dear cabin. Additional switches are located in the door pocket area to set the seat to maximum recline (relax mode) or in its most upright position (business mode).
In relax mode, the front passenger seat will traverse to its first forward position in order to maximize the space available to the rear occupant. Additionally, a foot rest- beautifully trimmed in carpet and leather and surrounded with a Chrome strip will deploy from the front passenger seat back.
Bentley airline seats specification also includes four significant features including a world technology first:
- With seat auto climate, the passenger selects their desired temperature setpoint from six different levels. The contact temperature and surface humidity are there are then directly measured- cushion and backrest independently-and the heating and ventilation heart adjusted to achieve the required temperature. This is continuously monitored to ensure it remains constant as optimized body temperature is vital when the focus is on individual well. In studies that have manipulated body temperature via external means, it has generally been reported that cognitive functions is reduced by decreasing body temperature below normal [Wright, Hull and Ceizler 2022]. A comfortable thermal environment can also alleviate fatigue, reduce irritability, and improve driving safety [ Szczurek & Maciejewaska 2016]
- The postural adjustment functions use new thigh and shoulder pockets plus additional lumbar massage pockets, to subtly yet continuously change the shape of the seat to ease pressure points around the body, preventing dead spots and fatigue buildup. There are three different programs available, ‘All areas of seat’, ‘Twist’ and ‘Backrest only’. The use of air pockets enable more continuous and complex movements to be made- which are virtually imperceptible to the passenger- rather than the linear movements resulting from the use of seat motors the system goes beyond the 2D motions typical of adjustable seats able to employ a three- dimensional twist to relieve pressure points. six independent pressure zones can provide 177 adjustments every three hours to ensure the seat is comfortable and never compromised, regardless of the length of the journey. Studies have shown that actively supporting body weight in a dynamic way relieves strain, which can prime mental stress and create lack of focus natural supported postures have been shown to alleviate stress from tensed muscles.
- Bentley airline seat specification also adds further cushion and backrest bolster adjustment, cushion extension electric headrest height adjustment and a deployable footrest to the back of the front passenger seat. The rear passenger seat on the side of the car can also move the front passenger seat forward via a “VIP mode”.
New for the Bentayga EWB are heated rear doors and center armrests adding a level of detail entirely befitting the most luxurious SUV cabin in the world.
Other configurations include a four-seat comfort specification and A5 seat option for those wanting the ability to fold down the rear backrests. Seven seat configuration is available in the standard Bentayga, however customer feedback showed that the space and luxury remain a priority for the Pentagon extended wheelbase owners.
With the four seat comfort specification, a rear center console between the two rear seats provide additional storage and two further USB charging sockets etc. The Mulliner console bottle cooler can also be chosen, housing a fully integrated drinks cooler for a 750ML bottle and two handcrafted Cumbria crystal flutes.
The heating, ventilation and air conditioning system in the rear cabin has been enhanced to further improve onboard Wellness. The rear ventilation activates only when rear occupants are detected, reducing rear cabin fan noise. The rear cabin has a separate air ionization system that improves air quality with lower airborne particles. The ionizers can create a static charge around pollutants such as dust or allergens in the air, which in turn caused them to stick to the nearest surface. The result is the removal of such containments from the air that the occupants breathe.
Interior Design- Crafted Detail with Seamless Technology
The rear cabin of the Bentayga EWB sets a new benchmark for combining world class luxury and technological innovation, demonstrating new heights of craftsmanship and comfort.
Bentleys instantly recognizable diamond quilting has been reimagined in a dramatic and contemporary new design. Like all great design, the final execution looks simple, but the obsession to detail behind it encapsulates all that is unique about Bentley interiors.
Developed and executed through a combination of digital craftsmanship and precision technology, the symmetrical pattern at the top of the seatbacks stretches the diamonds as they move away from the center line of the seats. The doors in turn boast an asymmetric pattern that accentuates the length of the door and the rear cabin as a whole
Within each diamond the flawless leather is perforated with holes of less than 1mm diameter. Each hole has been diagonally positioned with precision by one of Bentley’s interior designer to achieve a cohesive overall design- ‘the digital crafting’ process.
Once the leather has gone through a perforating machine the stitching of the diamonds is achieved with a specialized embroidery machine. The machine incorporates a camera which analyzes the perforation pattern and ensures the lines of embroidery are perfectly parallel and equidistant between the perforation diamond. The finished result is a beautiful elegant and unique design.
To achieve a softer panel, with delicate luxurious form language, a finer thread (usually found in Bentleys embroidered logos) and a small micro - stitch (half the length of a standard Bentley stitch) has been used. This change of threat and innovation of manufacturing processes has created a more accentuated softly lofted quilting in a way Bentley has never done before in production this process is exactly the same as the quilting process showcased on the tours and the seeds of the Exp 100GT concept car from 2019.
Enhancing the rear cabin area further, the longer door trim panels have been redesigned. The veneer panel has been lowered and extended and it sweeps down to meet the armrest incorporated the rear door handle
Bentayga EWB we'll see the first use of the metal overlay in Veneer feature on Bentayga series production, having previously been used on the pinnacle Continental GT Mulliner derivatives. This optional feature is included on the passenger’s fascia panel and on all four doors. The intricate design consists of individual brushed metal bandages crafted to be exponentially thin- just and 07 millimeter thick.
To create the inlay designs, a process called photo etching is used a very fine stencil of the design is laminated to the metal after some intermediate steps of UV light exposure and developing of the laminate the main process chemically etches away areas of metal not required, leaving only the inlay design.
Incorporates a camera which analyzes the perforation pattern and ensures the lines of embroidery are perfectly parallel and equidistant between the perforation diamonds the finished result is a beautiful elegant and unique veneer, before the part is lacquered and polished.
A further striking and elegant optional feature introduced for Bentayga EWB is Bentley diamond illumination the illumination effect is achieved using LED's (12 on each of the front doors 22 on each of the rear doors) that emit light through small perforations 1 millimeter in diameter in the leather trim on the door panels.
The intensity and color of the illumination through the trim can be controlled by the customer through the infotainment system and touch screen remote. The feature is linked with the mode lighting to ensure consistent color and intensity of light throughout the car. This dramatic feature can transform the interior feel and look of the cabin, especially at night
With the increased cabin length, the front center console can be redesigned to provide better ergonomics and functionality for the rear passengers. The rear face of the console has been extended for improved interactions with the touch screen remote, the addition of wireless charging cradle for a mobile phone and new air vent design.
For the first time on a Bentley, power closing doors can be specified 2 switches are located on the rear face of the extended center console, comfortably within the reach of the rear passengers. Pressing and holding against the switch will close the door on the corresponding side of the vehicle using dedicated motors creating a truly luxurious valet like experience. The motors also engage with a light manual push on the door, for a fully integrated motion with the power latching mechanism. The motors also offer gentle assistance while opening the door.
Fitted as standard to the EWB I did new ‘waterfall illumination’ interior lamps providing subtle illumination to the rear cabin. The illumination is focused towards the center of car, and improves the passengers visibility of the key central control and features. The subtle illumination provides a comfortable ambient light to the rear enhancing the feeling of luxury for the rear passengers.
Exterior Design- Zero Compromise
Four detailed exterior changes marked the new model: the longer profile, a new front grille, a new polished 22-inch end- spoke wheel, and a repositioned sunroof, all whilst deliberately maintaining the highly successful second- generation Bentayga aesthetic.
Taking inspiration from the new grille on the flying spur, the Bentayga EWB has a ‘vertical vain grille’ consists of bright Chrome vertical veins sitting in front of a black mesh grille. The 22-inch 10- spoke Bentayga wheel is offered in a new mirror- Polished design for the Bentayga EWB.
The repositioned panoramic sunroof illustrates again the focus on the rear cabin ambiance and ensures the experience is uncompromised. The sunroof has therefore been moved rearwards in the car by 125 millimeters, providing the optimum position to bathe the rear cabin seating area in natural light. The sunroof can be controlled via the rear cabin touch screen remote as well as the front cabin console.
With the power latching mechanism. The motors also offer gentle assistance cabin and gives the opportunity to provide a significant increase in the rear legroom
The class leading new cabin is longer than any other luxury SUV competitor by over 40 millimeters full the Bentayga EWB also provides an extra 10 millimeter of headroom compared to the Mulsanne, whilst having a roof line 100 millimeters lower than the competitors providing a sporting and well-proportioned silhouette.
The result is a spacious luxurious, light filled cabin, exhibiting both Bentley’s traditional skills and the most up to date technology offering an adaptable space excelling both as a work environment with the latest technology within easy reach and as a cossetting, relaxing heaven.
The noise of traffic and the on- road world outside the car has a serious effect on well-being. Research that tracked thousands of people over a four year. Found that those exposed to traffic noise over 70 decibels (db.) were 65% more at the risk of depression. The Bentayga EWB is quieter inside than its competitors by between 4% and 26% depending on the frequency and position inside the car.
Chassis and Powertain
The new Bentayga has won critical acclaim for its dynamic abilities, with its performance on the road and its right and handling universally praised. The Bentayga EWB continues this ethos with the inclusion of all electronic wheel steering and Bentley dynamic ride as standard.
Secondary ride comfort is another key variable that affects onboard Wellness- the smoother the ride, the more calming the journey. At typical road speeds and with low power latching mechanisms. The motor also offers gentle assistance with lower secondary ride vibration than it's competitors.
Electronic all-wheel steering was first introduced by Bentley on the new flying spur. It provides 2 highly desirable benefits and ensures no compromise between high-speed confidence and low speed convenience.
At fast, highway speeds the system makes a small adjustment to the direction of the travel of the rear wheels, in tandem with the direct steering inputs from the driver to the front wheels. This increases high speed stability- making overtaking and lane changing more assured -and improves handling when driving through sweeping bends.
At low speeds, the all-wheel steering has the effect of shortening devil base, reducing the turning circle, and increasing agility in tight urban environments making parking noticeably easier. This is achieved by steering the rear wheels in the opposite direction to the front wheels. The system provides a turning circle which is smaller than that of a standard wheelbase Bentayga 7%.
The Bentayga EWB is powered by Bentley’s proven 4.0- litre, 32- valve dual twin- scroll turbocharged V8 petrol engine which combines immense power with impressive fuel economy. Mated to an 8- speed automatic gearbox, the V8 offers supercar performance, developing 542 BHP (550 PS) and 568-lb. Ft (770 Nm) off torque, resulting in a top speed of 180 mph (290 km/h) and zero to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds (100 Km/h in 4.6 Seconds).
Testing and Development
Over 2500 new parts have been introduced to produce the Bentayga EWB including significant body- in- white changes and a complete new underfloor. This has led to new manufacturing processes layout changes and infrastructure especially for the new model. With over 50 pre series vehicles nearly 2000 weeks of collective testing have been incurred in the development of the new Pentagon EKWB to give its exceptional credentials.
Two enhanced specifications of Bentayga Extended Wheelbase will be available at launch. The Azure offers elegant and timeless design with unique signatures, focusing on maximum comfort and well- being with an effortless Dr. Unique specification includes a unique 22 inch 10- spoke directional wheel, bright lower bumper grilles, Azure embroidery and badging. Additional features include unique quilted seats, mood lighting, heated steering wheel, and increased drivers’ assistance aids.
The 1st edition specification builds further, including Bentley diamond illumination,